Yesterday was the first Friday since terrorist Brendon Terrant mercilessly killed 50 Muslim worshippers.
New Zealand came to a standstill on Friday to mark one week since the bloodshed, with the Muslim call to prayer broadcast across the country from a ceremony at Hagley Park followed by two minutes of silence. Several TV anchors and reporters covering the memorial event of the terror attack made a decision to carry out their journalistic duties by donning the Islamic headscarf. In a short speech she announced: New Zealand mourns with you. "To be honest with you, what brought me here it's you". "That was a wonderful support and expression of love, and I am feeling that I should also take the opportunity to say to them that I also love them". A tweet from World HijabDay said, "A female officer wears hijab out of respect during funerals..."
Mehdi Hasan, a commentator, TV host, columnist and adjunct professor at Georgetown University, said the public has been conditioned since the 9/11 attacks to see terrorists "as people with big beards, brown skin, loud voices shouting in Arabic". "We had scarves for clients to take for free if they wanted to take part and many did". Her message was clear: The New Zealand government would stand by the victims and the Muslim community and wholly denounce violence.
One user Asrul Muzaffar posted several photos of women posing in scarves while working at an office and at a pharmacy.
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An armed police presence will remain at both mosques, as well as others around New Zealand. "Kia Kaha #HeadScarfforHarmony #scarvesinsolidarity".
The 828-metre Burj Khalifa was illuminated with the image on Friday and Sheik Mohammed, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of the emirate of Dubai, shared a snap on Twitter thanking Ms Ardern for her support.
In the wake of the attack, New Zealand has banned automatic and semi-automatic weapons. Speaking without a script to a school where some of the victims attended, she urged the pupils to "Let New Zealand be a place where there is no tolerance for racism ever."Â She told the grieving families, "We cannot know your grief, but we can walk with you at every stage".
The new gun laws are set to be introduced as soon as April 11.
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